EMI Market Share Dips Below 10 Percent; Indies Approach 14

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EMI posted a recorded industry market share of less than 10 percent during the first half, according Nielsen Soundscan figures.

Specifically, the troubled label group rallied a 9.4 percent share, down from 10.4 percent during the comparable period last year.

Others also lost ground, including the dominant Universal Music Group.  UMG slipped slightly to 31.2 percent, down from 31.5 percent earlier.  Elsewhere, Sony BMG moved downward to 24.8 percent, from 25.3 percent previously.

Gainers included Warner Music Group and the independent sector.  Warner bumped to 20.8 percent, up from 20 percent, and the independent sector posted a share of 13.9 percent, up from 12.9 percent during the comparable period last year.

Story by news analyst Alexandra Osorio.